The Dodgers faced six different pitchers Friday night, but didn’t get a hit against any of them. Kevin Millwood and five Mariners relievers combined for a no-hitter against the Dodgers in a 1-0 win Friday night at Safeco Field.
It was the first no-hitter thrown against the Dodgers since Kent Mercker did the deed for the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium on April 8, 1994. It should be noted the Dodgers did not get a hit on June 28, 2008 against the Angels, but since the Dodgers won that game at home it is not recognized as a no-hitter since the Angels didn’t pitch nine innings.
It was the third no-hitter in Mariners history.
The best chance for the Dodgers at scoring came in the eighth inning, when Bobby Abreu and Jerry Hairston Jr. walked to open the inning. After they were sacrificed to third base, A.J. Ellis hit a bloop into short left field but Chone Figgins, in as a defensive replacement, was able to make the catch, which was too shallow to allow pinch runner Alex Castellanos to score from third base. Tony Gwynn Jr. struck out to end the inning.
Millwood was simply fantastic two times through the Dodgers batting order. Millwood faced the minimum 18 batters in six innings, needing just 68 pitches to do so. Millwood struck out six and the only batter he allowed to reach base was a Juan Rivera, who walked to lead off the fifth. But that lone baserunner was immediately erased on the next pitch, as Bobby Abreu grounded into a double play.
Millwood was cruising into the seventh inning with his no-hitter, but felt something on his first warmup pitch. He began to wind up for his second warmup but immediately stopped and walked off the mound. He left the game with a mild right groin strain.